Amos Miller

Amos Miller - Trombone (Photo: City of London Sinfonia/Benjamin Ealovega)

Trombonist of Onyx Brass Quintet, Head of Brass at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Ballet Sinfonia principal


As well as being one of the founding members of the cutting edge brass quintet, Onyx Brass, Amos is also principal trombone with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Head of Brass at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Amos works extensively as a guest principal across the UK.


A founding member of Onyx Brass, Amos started playing the trombone at the age of nine with John Berry. He studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, trombone at the Royal Academy of Music, learning with Eric Crees, Denis Wick and Ian Bousfield, and played principal trombone for the National and European Youth Orchestras.


Having gained the Dip.RAM, the Academy's highest award for performance, he completed the Jazz Course at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, under artists such as Jim Hall and Kenny Wheeler.


He now combines the post of principal trombone with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (to which he was appointed in 2003) with a busy freelance career in which he has worked as guest principal trombone with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, English National Opera, and Royal Opera House Orchestras, as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin's, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


Amos has played for many film soundtracks, including 'Lord of the Rings', 'Harry Potter', 'Terminator Salvation', 'Inception' and “Paranorman”.


Abroad, he has worked with Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and is guest principal with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain. He is also a member of the City of London Sinfonia.

Amos has many educational commitments: he has been the trombone teacher for both the Royal Air Force, and the Royal College of Music Junior department, and is a regular visiting adjudicator and teacher at both the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban, and the Guildhall. He is the co-author of "Time Pieces for Trombone" for the Associated Board, and is the author of "A New Tune a Day for Trombone", published by the Boston Music Company.


A trustee of the Clarence Myerscough and Christopher Horn charitable trusts, Amos is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


Away from music, Amos loves spending time with his 3 children, being in the kitchen as much as possible, and watching cricket. He hopes, without any realism, to see Bristol City back in the top division of football one day.


Hear Amos and Onyx Brass here 

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